Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Elaine MacDonald from St. Michael's House to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

Elaine MacDonald

Psychologist - Clinical

St. Michael's House

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  Elaine MacDonald

Make sure you are willing to go the full distance in terms of the time needed to train as a Clinical Psychologist – it’s typically at least six years academic study, and invariably this period is interspersed with work in a relevant field.

Do be as confident as you can that you’re happy being a “listener” and “observer”, as you will spend significant amounts of time in your work life as a Clinical Psychologist being in this role, as well as being in the “do-er” role and being in the limelight.

To have a good ‘fit’ with this career you’ll need to be happy working with people – as individuals on a one to one basis, with groups (e.g. families), and as part of a team in the workplace.

You need to have a good attention to detail as the job needs good observation skills, record keeping, and organisation skills.

Be prepared for learning and self-development to be on-going for the whole of your career because, as a Clinical Psychologist, you’ll be learning and using techniques and intervention approaches that are being constantly developed, and be working in accordance with policies and laws that are also constantly evolving.

The last piece of advice I’d give to someone considering this job is to be as sure as you can that you feel comfortable and even excited at the prospect of your career revolving around people and groups with all the varied, diverse, and unpredictable rewards and challenges that this brings!

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Work Experience

Often reported as one of the highlights of TY, doing a work experience gives you the opportunity to see what the world of work is really like.

You will probably be required to do at least 10 days work experience - maybe in two or more different companies. Many schools do more - offering a greater chance to experience what work is like, and helping you to decide what it is you'd like to do in your own future career.

Everything about work experience is about developing skills in a different way to normal classroom work. You will be expected to find your own placement, create a CV, and maybe even do a career interview.

As you are not expected to have had any previous employment experience, there is no pressure to perform any real work when you do your work experience. For your employer, it's all down to your personality, your willingness to learn, your level of interest and your behaviour and attitude on the job. For you, its about learning what its like to work in the area, and whether you think that sort of work would interest you.

There are lots of resources on this site to help you prepare and get the most out of your work experience. Why not watch the video below to get an idea of what may be involved.

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